Google may be working on some new features for its live TV service, YouTube TV. Based on Protocolthe feature is called “Mosaic Mode” and will allow viewers to watch up to four live streams at once.
Google did not immediately respond to TechCrunch’s request for comment. The company declined to comment to Protocol.
If YouTube TV offers subscribers the ability to stream up to four feeds at a time, splitting the screen into quadrants, it’s likely that many viewers will find the feature useful because it allowing them to view multiple events at once.
Multiviewing is especially popular among sports fans. FuboTV, a sports-focused live TV streaming service, has a Multiview feature that allows up to four simultaneous streams. Before Sony’s PlayStation Vue service Turn offit has one Similar features popular with users who want to stream multiple channels simultaneously.
The strategic move makes sense for Google. Nielsen reported that Streaming surpasses cable TV viewership for the first time last month, with YouTube and YouTube TV receiving the second-largest share of overall TV viewing.
Live TV service is a cheaper option than cable TV. YouTube TV is $65 per month and offers access to many of the major broadcast networks, national sports channels, and cable news channels.
Also, YouTube TV recently passed 5 million paid subscribers and “trial users”.